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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in
mat board

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.25 x 13 in., matted 16 x 20 in.

A woman with flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, checks in at Block 4 mess hall at Central Utah Relocation Center, also known as Topaz, upon arriving from Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Three inductors, two women and a man, dominate the midground as they sit a table to register new arrivals. The male inductor holds a pencil and looks at Mine who gestures and looks toward her brother, Benji, in center foreground. Woman inductor sitting at left holds up a card and looks at Mine, also. A couple waits with backs to viewer at bottom right corner. Woman inductor a left signs in person in hat at left. In distance, similar scene of people checking in with inductors.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 118. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 118. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 118.

Drawings for the book, Citizen 13660, began as sketches and drawings created by Okubo while incarcerated at Tanforan and Topaz to tell faithful friends about camp life and were intended for exhibition purposes. Drawing is on page 124 of book.

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